Chris Clemons joined a historic list of Houston Rockets with 16 points in his NBA debut during Sunday's loss at Miami.
The undersized rookie guard is just the fifth player in Rockets franchise history to score at least 16 points in his first career game. The others are all in the Basketball Hall of Fame: Hakeem Olajuwon, Ralph Sampson, Elvin Hayes, and Calvin Murphy.
Murphy, like Clemons, stood at just 5-foot-9, but he was able to overcome those limitations in what became a Hall of Fame career.
Clemons’ 16 points came in just 22 minutes, and also on an efficient 50% shooting clip — including 4-of-9 on three-pointers. He also grabbed three rebounds and, despite his small size, had one of Houston’s five blocks on the night.